Fletcher Cox, Brandon Brooks dispute Carson Wentz report
Fletcher Cox didn't need no more than an hour to dispute the Carson Wentz report that he is not "universally loved" in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room. Cox was quick to attach his name to what he thought of the Joe Santoliquito report of Wentz and the things that were said by anonymous Eagles teammates, sharing a strong opinion on the situation (via his Twitter).
"Reading through this Carson Wentz thing and as a leader on this team none of that is true Carson is a great teammate and great player we are all behind him 100% he’s our guy and will come back and prove the world wrong. If you got a problem feel free to @ me I’ll respond."
Cox wasn't the only one to go to bat for Wentz, as Brandon Brooks seconded his thoughts.
Cox put his name attached to a story where many unnamed sources said some damning things about Wentz, "fearing repercussions given Wentz's power within the organization" if their names were revealed.
"His aw-shucks, overgrown-Opie-from-Mayberry routine plays well with the local and national media. Indeed, sources describe Wentz as “incredibly hard working,” “determined,” and “highly intelligent.” But the true Wentz is more nuanced and complicated, with sources describing him as “selfish,” “uncompromising,” “egotistical,” one who plays “favorites” and doesn’t like to be “questioned,” one who needs to “practice what he preaches" and fails “to take accountability.”
"Numerous sources confirmed Wentz was once verbally attacked by a highly respected teammate for not being “a team guy.”
"'Carson Wentz’s biggest enemy is Carson Wentz,” one source said. “He’s had his ass kissed his whole life, and sometimes acts like he’s won 10 Super Bowls, when he hasn’t played in, let alone won, a playoff game yet. Everyone around him wants good things for him. He did more thinking on the field than he did playing (in 2018). You don’t have to be a brain surgeon or a football expert to see how differently this team plays and reacts with one guy as opposed to the other."
These sources are likely coming from players who are on their way out of Philadelphia via free agency or trade, not a player like Cox who will be with the Eagles for many seasons to come.
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Is the situation complicated with Wentz? This doesn't change who Wentz is as a player, a damn good one regardless of his health issues.
Wentz had to go through 10 months of rigorous rehab from ACL and LCL surgery just to get back on the field and play at a high level. All Wentz did was complete 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 102.2 passer rating. He finished third in the NFL in completion percentage and seventh in passer rating.
Wentz finished 13th in the league in touchdown percentage (5.2) and 11th in yards per attempt (7.7).
The Eagle reassured Wentz is the Eagles quarterback, regardless what is being said about him...good or bad.
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